The View From the Summit

That was intense.

I finished my script yesterday morning at 11:30, and got the rest of my application in a couple of hours later.  Made the CFC deadline with time to spare!

I feel like a great weight has been lifted off me – or perhaps that’s just light-headedness kicking in from climbing a mountain and scaling into thin air.  I did what I set out to do.  That’s reason enough to celebrate.  I wrote a good script too – which is an even better reason to feel good about myself.  The best even.

I celebrated by taking an afternoon nap.

I haven’t seen much of my friends or the rest of the city over the past couple of weeks.  Been doing nothing but writing and researching, with the odd exchange thrown in.  Never have I written as such a pace before.

As I mentioned previously, I had no idea what sort of story I would be telling only a couple weeks ago.  The biggest shift came when I completed my step outline.  From there it was a matter of following the roadmap.  From there is was a simple matter of writing scenes – each being a self-contained short story.

Normally when I write, I chart my progress by counting pages.  Something new happened this time around.  Pages meant almost nothing to me.  I had 22 scenes to write, and there was no getting around that fact.  If one scene wound up being 4 pages, it was still only one scene out of 22.

A hard, immovable deadline meant I had to crank out scenes at a pace that would allow me to meet the deadline.  I was sitting at 12 scenes on Wednesday morning.  I found I could comfortably write 3 scenes per day – and have them feel dramatically sound.  I’d write a scene in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one after supper.  I’d be sitting for 1-2 hours each time, with a couple hours between each session.  If I pushed the pace much faster than that, I’d feel my brain getting tired – I wouldn’t trust my work as it landed on the page.

The experience of writing this script taught me a lot about myself.  I learned much about my craft by diving so deeply into someone else’s series.  I learned even more about how I work.

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